Chances of getting into Denison University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
37.2%
Admission Difficulty for Denison University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Denison and can I get accepted? The school has a 37% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,808 out of 7,540 applicants were admitted making Denison a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent. Denison University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Denison SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1270-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
35%
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Denison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1430
Average SAT Score 1350

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Denison University?

Denison University typically requires applicants to be in the top 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Denison University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1430 and Above Good >50%
1350 to 1430 Avg + 37%-50%
1270 to 1350 Avg - 26%-37%
1190 to 1270 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1190 Low <17%
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Denison ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
41%
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Denison University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Denison?

Admission data indicates that Denison regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Denison University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Denison University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >54%
29 to 31 Avg + 37%-54%
28 to 29 Avg - 29%-37%
27 to 28 Reach 22%-29%
Less than 27 Low <22%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Denison University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Denison University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Ohio for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Denison will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School GPA's for admitted Denison University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 35% Good
3.50 to 3.75 23% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 22% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 15% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

88% of Denison University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Denison University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 45%
Top 25% of class 88%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Denison University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,249 3,291 7,540
Accepted 1,605 1,203 2,808
Acceptance Rate 38% 37% 37%
Enrolled 349 268 617
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 22% 22%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
54

Applicants have 54 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Denison before the Jan 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Denison University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Denison University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Denison University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202523 IPEDS survey data for Denison University.